Wednesday, April 3, 2013
ARC Review: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
I can’t weep. I can’t fear. I’ve grown talented at pretending.
Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.
Elizabeth and Fear both sense that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?
There are some books where, just by reading the summary, you can tell you're going to love it. Some Quiet Place was one of those books for me. It's gorgeous, haunting, and unlike anything I've ever read.
Elizabeth is not only one of the most intriguing main characters I've read in a while, but she's also different from all the other narrators out there in YA fiction. If you're tired of angsty, whiny "heroines," then read this book. Elizabeth literally can't feel emotions, and I ended up loving that about her. She may be unfeeling and tough, but I just love how her character transforms throughout the story.
And Fear? I love him so much, you guys - he's my latest book boyfriend. ;) He sticks up for Elizabeth no matter what. I love how, despite his unfailing devotion to her, he also pushes her to find out more about her past and why she can't feel emotions. He's an amazing guy and I also love how cool it is that he's an Emotion!
Which brings me to my next point...the story. Kelsey Sutton has come up with this great concept of Emotions being actual beings that only Elizabeth can see. It's insanely unique, and I thought the world-building was incredible - it brings a sort of fantasy-ish element to the story.
Other things I loved: The setting was amazing. The atmosphere and mood of the story is done so well. I also liked how the villain in this was genuinely creepy; I felt so bad for Elizabeth and what she has to go through! And although there is kind-of a love triangle, the author pulls it off well and the romance actually adds to the plot, rather than detracting from it.
I thoroughly enjoyed Some Quiet Place and I was thrilled to see on Goodreads that there's a sequel coming out next year. Definitely recommended - if you're looking for a unique and thought-provoking story, then this is a must-read!
* I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
My rating: 10 out of 10 (5 stars)
~ The Bookworm